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The InterACTIVE Class! (How to Make Learning Relevant and Engaging)

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Joe Merrill  
Kristin Merrill  

Are you looking for new techniques to make learning relevant and engaging? Perhaps you want to give an old lesson new life through gamification, project-based learning or by integrating educational tools like Flipgrid, Nearpod, Seesaw or PicCollage? We'll walk you through how to make your classroom interACTIVE!

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Laptop: Mac, PC, Chromebook
Tablet: iOS
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Math, Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will gain a better understanding of how to create more student centered lessons and student created multimedia projects.

Specific techniques using applications such as: Flipgrid, Wakelet, Buncee, Seesaw, and the Microsoft EDU suite will be shared. By the end of the session, the attendees will be able to walk away with ideas to implement into their classrooms immediately.


-Introduction (5 min)
Discussion of modern day classrooms--same proven pedagogy but need to update the presentation of information for the next generation of students.

Lesson ideas and strategies (40 min)
Examples from our own classrooms (First and Fourth Grade) that utilize technology in a way to promote student creativity, making learning more relevant and engaging.

-Reflection / Questions (5 min)
Time for audience to ask questions and reflect (interactively) via video.

Supporting research

"The InterACTIVE Class" by Joe and Kristin Merrill (Elevate Books EDU - Jan. 2020)
"Flipgrid in the InterACTIVE Class" by Joe and Kristin Merrill (Elevate Books EDU - Jan. 2021)
"The Microsoft Infused Classroom" by Holly Clark, Tanya Avrith, Felisa Ford, Natasha Rachelle, and Kristin and Joe Merrill (Elevate Books EDU - Mar. 2020)
Dive Into Inquiry by Trevor McKenzie
Ditch That Textbook by J. Matt Miller

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Joe Merrill, The Merrills EDU, LLC
Kristin Merrill, The Merrills EDU, LLC

Kristin Merrill: Fourth Grade teacher; 13+ years of experience working in intermediate (3-5) grade levels, 5+ years of implementing iPads, laptops, and Chrome books in the classroom. Kristin is the co-author of the book, "The #interACTIVE Classroom," on Elevate Books EDU.

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